PRINTER AND PUBLISHER
"VIRTUE and a Trade, are a Child's best Portion," said Poor Richard, and he not merely claimed, "He that hath a Trade, hath an Estate," but "He that has a Trade has an Office of Profit and Honour." Through all Franklin's life, he never missed an opportunity to praise the workman, be his calling what it might, and nowhere did he show more pride than in his own particular handicraft.
Printing was not a family "mystery," as it was then termed, of the Franklins, they having hitherto been blacksmiths, dyers, or soap-makers. But Josiah, with ten boys to place in the world, had to seek other crafts, and James Franklin was sent to London, presumptively